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Marvel Mystery Comics #44 cover by Alex Schomburg. June 1943.

Marvel Mystery Comics #44 cover by Alex Schomburg. June 1943.

Sweet Tooth #29 cover by Jeff Lemire

Sweet Tooth #29 cover by Jeff Lemire

Sandman #45 cover by Dave McKean

Sandman #45 cover by Dave McKean

Green Lantern: New Guardians #24 cover by Rafael Albuquerque and Dave McCaig. December 2013.

Green Lantern: New Guardians #24 cover by Rafael Albuquerque and Dave McCaig. December 2013.

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The Man Who Colored The Marvel Universe:

Stan Goldberg (1932-2014)

Marvel colorist Stan Goldberg, who created the color schemes of the costumes of Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, and dozens of others, died yesterday, at the age of 82. Mark Evanier has more information here.


I wrote briefly, in Marvel Comics: The Untold Story, about two of Stan’s contributions to the Marvel mythos.

On The Fantastic Four:

And although they remained unmasked (in another break from comic-book convention, they were going to keep their identities public), at the urging of letter-writing fans they soon had snappy blue uniforms. “Jack gave them this long underwear with the letter ‘4’ on their chest,” said Stan Goldberg, who designed the color schemes of the Marvel comics. “I made the ‘4’ blue and kept a little area around it white, and then when the villains came in—the villains get the burnt umbers, dark greens, purples, grays, things like that—they can bounce off it.” The blast of colorful heroics against a murky background world immediately set Fantastic Four apart from everything else on the newsstand.

On Spider-Man:

The grand melodrama was offset by Lee’s snappy patter, Ditko’s stunning costume design, and, once again, the primary-color palette choices of Stan Goldberg, who selected for Spider-Man’s costume a combination of cherry red and dark cobalt (in deliberate contrast to the more vivacious azure of the Fantastic Four).

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Goldberg also drew non-superhero comics for Marvel in its Timely incarnation, and was the longtime artist for Marvel’s Millie the Model series. In the late 1960s he began drawing for various series published by Archie Comics.

Spectacular Spider-Man #167 cover by Sal Buscema. August 1990.

Spectacular Spider-Man #167 cover by Sal Buscema. August 1990.

Batman #180 cover by Gil Kane and Murphy Anderson. May 1966.

Batman #180 cover by Gil Kane and Murphy Anderson. May 1966.

Dazzler #4 cover by Frank Springer. June 1981.

Dazzler #4 cover by Frank Springer. June 1981.

Krazy Komics #8 -  June 1943

Krazy Komics #8 -  June 1943

Transmetropolitan #5 cover by Frank Quitely 

Transmetropolitan #5 cover by Frank Quitely